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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.

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In the former Formprest building: York countians locate things by what used to be there

York countians are good at this: When something is opening somewhere, we describe it as being in the former such and such building. Well, a wine bar on North George Street is going into the former Formprest cleaners building (white building above). The Handsome Cab is one of two wine bars opening in that area, examples of boutique-like business opening its doors in that part of town.

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When the old York Valley Inn stood in Springettsbury Township

This post card view shows the York Valley Inn sitting roughly in the vicinity of where Panera Bread operates today in Springettsbury Township. In the 1960s, the old 18th-century inn got in the way of progress, and a wider road spelled a decision point for its owners. An interesting solution emerged: Dismantle it and move reassemble part of it as an office – at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York Township.

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When Jefferson Borough’s square was all grass and its roads unpaved

Linked in/Neat stuff: Career timelines for famous York countians This is Jefferson’s square, with unpaved roads and a rounded traffic pattern, in a photo dated circa 1876, according to the ‘Codorus Valley Chronicles.’ Writing on the side of the photo, … Continue reading

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Old Eastern Market: Obscured by New Eastern Market + garage + time

The old Eastern Market, then and now. Before there was the New Eastern Market in Springettsbury Township, there was the old Eastern Market on East Market Street in York, Pa.

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Public pools plan Memorial Day weekend openings, but Playland and others exist only in memories

With Memorial Day approaching, pools are primed to open. But here’s one that is long gone: The Playland pool. Here, artist Cliff Satterthwaite explains the purpose of his drawing of Springettsbury Township’s Playland complex. Interestingly, other York County, Pa., community pools preceded Playland or followed its lead in shutting down over time. Glady’s Pool in Stewartstown was one. Sun Valley Pool in Spry closed more recently. Today, an increasing number of residents can afford private backyard pools. Fortunately, several community pools remain open.

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When the Klan tried to recruit York community leader Voni B. Grimes

A portion of the many honors accorded to York County’s Voni B. Grimes hang on the wall of his residence. Recent Ku Klux Klan activity in York County’s northern tip prompted Grimes to stop by the York, Pa., Daily Record’s office.

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Mount Rose I-83 intersection: More comes together there than roads

Blink and a longtime landmark will come down around York County, Pa. This is the old Denny’s near Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road. Few will lament its coming down, particularly when it means the unclogging of the congested Interstate 83 Mount Rose interchange.

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How Springettsbury’s Old East York became Old East York

Advent Lutheran Church, decorated for the Christmas 1952 season, stands in this York County, Pa., Heritage Trust photo on the western edge of the East York Historic District, but for years it has been central to neighborhood residents as a church home and nearby gathering place. It was dedicated as the Chapel of the Advent during Advent season, 1924. When the cornerstone for this building was laid in November 1940, the East York development was about two-thirds built out.

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Besser’s, on the Susquehanna Trail, a favorite pitstop for motorists

Besser’s, a major restaurant, lodging spot along the trail south of Loganville, must have been marketing minded. People have postcards showing the camp from all angles in their collections. “Received this postcard from a local resident,” Doug Winemiller of Stewartstown Historical Society, wrote. “I have no idea of the date.”

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